Maple Grove Continues Rise Under Lombardi
Oct 27, 2016 10:42PM ● Published by Doug Erlien
Fans of high school football saw what the man affectionately known as Lombo did while at Wayzata. The defensive guru helped the Trojans to state championships in 2008 and again in 2010 and immediately, Lombardi gave the Crimson something they lacked. A championship pedigree.
As Lombardi and the Crimson enter their sixth playoff season together, they are in search for their first title, but they have advanced to the state tournament in four straight seasons including back-to-back trips to the semi-final round.
During those two trips to the final-four, Lombardi has had a common thread to the Crimson attack in quarterback Brad Davison.
Lombardi approaches the playoffs in steps and step one is against Roseville. It was the Raiders that knocked the Crimson out of Lombardi’s first state tournament trip in 2013. Davison was a freshman and watched as the Raiders ended the dream. Now in his final season wearing a Maple Grove uniform, Davison and his Crimson teammates hope to earn their way to US Bank Stadium and give their coach yet another opportunity for a championship.
“Lombo has helped me immensely on the football field and off,” Davison said. “The biggest difference from when I was a sophomore until now is in my confidence. Not only in myself, but also my teammates. He has taught me how to buy into a system and be a part of something bigger than myself.”
The duo are 6-2 in the playoffs over the past two seasons and would love nothing more than to add to the win total. Davison’s experience gives the Crimson an edge and the senior quarterback gives credit to his coach.
“The biggest thing that sets Lombo apart from other coaches is his preparation and the time he puts in for us players,” Davison said. “Coach has the respect of every player on our team and we all love to be coached by him.”
The Crimson play at home 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 against Roseville.